Acorn Purse Variation #2: Mardi Gras!
12/16/12 EDIT: I went to a guild sew-in yesterday and stitched up the bag from this fabric… scroll down to see it. Also added some tips for working with these crazy wide stitches.
The Sewing and Wine Diet (SWD): Sew. Drink a little Wine. Stay Busy. Don’t Eat. The picture above doesn’t do the fabric justice. The colors are really yummy in real life: purples, goldens & greens. When one of my clients saw it this week, she said “Mardi Gras!”. She’s spent her fair share of times in New Orleans and the first thing she saw in this fabric was Mardi Gras. So “Mardi Gras!” it is.
Some of the stitches done on the Ellisimo Gold are super wide… the machine literally moves the fabric side to side while making the stitches as well as moving the fabric forward and back. It’s TRIPPY watching fabric move sideways – it’s gotta be an old-dogs-new-tricks thing! lol It can be difficult to keep the fabric moving in the right direction when doing these… so I’ve gotten two tips as far as guiding the fabric with those humongous wide stitches…
1. Keep your straight lines (edge of fabric, markings, etc) in a parallel line with the side of the foot as the fabric is dancing all over the place. (Nancy Zieman)
2. Set the machine to do only one repeat at a time… so you can make sure you’re headed in the right direction in between each repeat and adjust as necessary.
There was about 6 hours of SWD involved in putting those thousands of crazy stitches into a 15″ x 40″ piece of batik.
I really wanted to include zipper alterations in this next sample of the Acorn Bag, but that’s just not gonna happen with this one – it wouldn’t be pretty. Maybe I’ll put a little one in on the inside pocket on one side – just to add a little more class.
The goal is to get 4 samples of this bag done before getting the pattern churned through Adobe Illustrator and on to downloadable PDFs. I already have the next two variations in my head… And a possible 5th. Next up (in my head) is to make one with laminated cotton, another with selvage edges, and another with embroidery.
It sure would be nice if work didn’t get in the way every day… Lol… I would love to drop everything and just kick these patterns out in a week. ::::sigh:::::
Just took another pic…. The colors aren’t coming up (seems some of the purples look brown to me) … But the stitches are showing up better…
In the picture above, you can see two lines of green couching. The one on the right was done with metallic DMC thread (kind of expensive stuff… and the finished look is not really worth it, IMO … but the one on the left (which honestly looks better if you saw it in person) was done with Lion Brand Yarn BonBons from Joann.com .
Go take a quick look at that link (it will open in a separate window so you won’t lose your place here) … and see the yummy colors! Each package has 8 cute-as-they-could-possibly-be little skeins that are each about the size of two marshmallows! Look at the picture below, taken next to my sewing machine, so you get some perspective on how cute these are….
I bought two packages (I think they were the Party and Celebrate colorways). These are a super-economical way to get a stash of suitable threads/yarns for couching.
If you look carefully, you can see that these yarns do have a metallic thread running through them… so it does add a nice little touch of bling to your work. I’m going to buy all of the colors on my next order… at $1 a baby-skein (and even less if you take advantage of their coupons!) you can’t go wrong.
Here’s a pic of the threads that were used…
Aren’t those just yummy colors?!?!? And honestly… it’s easy to pick out colors if you just base your choices for a project like this by either following the lead of the fabric designer.. or pull out a color wheel and use color theory to imagine some colors you may not have otherwise thought of.
If doing this sort of work seems a bit intimidating, you might want to consider taking the Stupendous Stitching Class on Craftsy.
When I bought my first Elna in 1975, I took a similar class at the dealer’s place. There were feet back then (and still available now) that make adding cord to your embellishments easily.
In the Craftsy Class, Carol Waugh talks about a couching foot that is available for the Bernina… I used an adjustable braiding foot that came with my Ellisimo Gold:
….but also consider any foot that has a notched out bottom and some sort of guide on top to guide the cord/yarn/etc so you don’t have to handle it:
I’ll be adding more to this post as the project comes along…. stay tuned!
OK… so here’s more:
12/16/12: I went to a sew-in day with a local guild. Had a great time. What nice people!
Anyway, I worked on the bag… here it is:
Arrrgh… I’m a lousy photographer! I just came inside to try to get a decent pic of the lining… this is the best I could do….
I like the way the lining turned out on this one… and the pic above does show the detail pretty well. That’s cool.
Now about the exterior and showing the shape of these… Out to the backyard! Let me try again…
What the heck… here’s the backside:
What do you think?
If you have never played with all of the stitches on your machine, you should! It’s relaxing… it’s almost mindless… and look at how this turned out. I already had 3 friends that wanted it.
Now… I’m on to the next incarnation of this bag ….
Toodles for now…